What sort of everyday options do we have to improve our mental health? Prescription drugs have their place, but what happens when they stop working (or don’t work in the first place)? Are there other things we can try? Join me for a fascinating chat (seriously, this might be my favorite interview of the season) with Dr. Emily Deans.



Emily Deans, MD, searches for evolutionary solutions to 21st century mental health problems. She is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice, and a teacher at Harvard Medical School.  You can read her blog at Psychology Today.



The Texas Whiskey Revival

Got this one via Serious Eats, (who got it from the folks at Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas)

3/4 oz. whiskey

3/4 oz. St. Germain liqueur

1/2 oz. lemon juice

1/4 oz. simple syrup

Shake very thoroughly with ice. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with more ice. (I had fun using my new crushed ice bag!) Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry.


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One in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year. Most of these conditions are treatable. The stigma surrounding mental illness is lessening, but more needs to be done.


Heather B:W

Heather Irish is the founder and CEO of MINDS: Shining Light on Mental Health, a non-profit organization that educated school students about mental illnesses and suicide prevention. (She’s also my darling big sister!)

MINDS curricula includes a high school, middle school, and 5th grade program. Founded in 1998, every year MINDS reaches over 25,000 students with their message of hope, help and recovery from mental illness.

Resource links mentioned in this show:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Alliance on Mental Illness



The Autumn Chiller – (recipe ever so slightly modified from this one at Chowhound.com)

1 oz orange juice

2 oz chilled ginger ale

3 oz chilled apple cider

Combine with ice in a glass. Garnish with:

3 frozen cranberries



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Introverts are shy, right? Extroverts are loud? Not necessarily. Discover how what you thought you knew about introverts and extroverts is probably wrong, and how introverts can make terrific business owners!



Beth L. Buelow, ACC, is the founder of The Introvert Entrepreneur and author of The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms. She serves as a guide to introvert entrepreneurs who want to amplify their strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. Beth is a professional coach, podcaster, and speaker, is based in the Pacific Northwest and serves introverts worldwide.

Click on the photo below to order her brand new book on Amazon!

Introvert Entrepreneur_Cover



The GingerPear Martini (recipe from Absolut.com)

4 parts pear-flavored vodka

2-3 parts simple syrup *

2 parts lemon juice

2 pieces of ginger (I used piece about the size of the tip of my thumb.)

Muddle ginger in a shaker. Add ice, vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with more ginger, if you like.

*I don’t care for sweet drinks. Beth prefers them. 3 parts syrup is what the recipe calls for, but if I were to make it again for myself I’d reduce that to two.


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I’m utterly fascinated by the work that is happening these days with regards to the microbiome. What’s your microbiome? It’s the collections of various bacteria that populate our bodies. We’ve got millions of bacteria on our skin, in our hair, and other places but the vast majority of it is in our guts. Science is discovering that this relationship with our bacteria affects our immune system, our mental health, and even our weight.

I’m not fat I’m bacterially challenged.

I’ll be speaking with folks in this field in upcoming podcasts, but for now check out this new episode of The Nature of Things:


Do you have a cluttered mind? A cluttered house? They’re not mutually exclusive concepts. Join me and my guest Lauren Rosenfeld as we discuss her book, virgin mojitos, and how to create Breathing Room in your life.



Lauren Rosenfeld is Badass Jewish Mother, a Sassy Zen Buddhist, and a Conveyer of Blazing Ah-ha’s. She writes books and speaks about Everyday Mindfulness and Spirituality. She believes there are powerful life lessons in piles of laundry and traffic jams and she doesn’t want you to leave them in the hamper or on the highway. She has written two books Your To Be List:Turning Your Dreaded To-Do’s into Meaningful Moments and Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home — she is currently working on her third book Made of Starstuff and Kickass: The Badass Woman’s Guide to Shining Your Light and Getting Sh** Done
She wants you to declutter your life because YOU CAN’T MEET YOUR DESTINY IF YOU CAN’T GET OUT THE FRONT DOOR.
Learn more about Lauren at her website:  LGRosenfeld.com
Click on the cover below to order her book:
The Virgin Mojito
In the podcast, Lauren explains why she chose a non-alcoholic drink.  This one was marvelously refreshing! I used fresh mint, bakers (extra fine) sugar, fresh lime juice, and club soda. I got the recipe from Food.com. Click here for a link to the recipe details. 

Listen to the .mp3


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